Today I had two chassis electrical glitches rear their ugly faces one
after the other.
The first was the "Low Coolant" light on the dash. I would turn the
engine off and then on again and it would go away for a while then
come back. The coolant reservoir was full. Does the reservoir have a
switch somewhere? Can going up and down the steep hills of San
Francisco for the first time be the culprit? If the coolant becomes
low on one end of the container from going up and down a steep
hill/cliff can this set off the sensor?
The next problem was more of a concern because it made the car NOT
street legal and unsafe to drive. The brake light switch seemes to
have gotten stuck in the ON or CLOSED position and so the brake light
is stuck ON even when the car is parked and turned off the brake light
is still ON and shining bright red. Not only that but it will drain
the battery if left on like that 24/7.
AAA was full of shit and wouldn't help me. I wanted to call the CHP
but I only got a machine on the other end of the line. I had wishfull
thinking that I could get special permission this night to drive that
sucker home 215 miles. I already got 2 other traffic tickets by the
CHP that are still pending and I don't wish to add a 3rd.
But the most important question remains. Will FORD pay for the
replacement/repair? This was a safety recall. While the car was
still under warrantee the brake switch had been replaced. But now the
car is no longer under warrantee. It's a 2002 with over 40,000 miles.
But it's a TSB right??? If it's a TSB is it mandated that they
repair it regaurdless of the fact that they have already tried to do
BTW - San Francisco ---- although beautifull is the #1 most
impractical city in America. Cable cars that block/impede the flow of
traffic that only go 15 mph, neighborhoods streets built with a GRID
pattern over clifts and hilly terrain. Little streets everywhere that
are 2 way and not 1 way to increase the flow of traffic.
A sea port was built beside a busy highway. Today cars were double
parked everywhere with traffic cops. Can you imagine putting
something beside a major throughway that belongs in a large parking
lot so it won't be so hectic to drop people off?
$600,000 to buy a studio condo. And that doesn't include tax or
They were selling bottled drinks for $5 each. Worse than what I saw
at 6 flags magic mountain.
Many odd shaped intersections that had anywhere from 2 to 6 different
streets that came together.
Plus they try to squeez a shitload of traffic through bridges that
collect toll revenue. Many of the drivers were shitty and looked like
they wanted to run over as many pedestrains as possible.
The whole city is a fekin tourist trap. It's one of those places that
are best for visiting and not for living. SF is not known to be a
very livable city with the high cost of living and low wages in
comparison. + It won the award of being the #1 most undrivable cities
in the USA.
Cars double parked everywhere where they shouldn't be including in
front of fire hydrants, red zones, double fine zones. Most of them
were trucks too making it even more difficult to squeeze by.
To sum it all up. Anyone who lives in that crazy hell hole of a city
probably ends up buying a new car EVERY YEAR. In one year your car is
TRASHED already from other cars side swiping it or bumping it from
tight parallel parking. The transmission becomes overworked and
overheats from the steep grades that are like as if you are driving
straight up a vertical wall. The radiator too would be put under
additional strain. So are the suspension from driving over so many
ruts and bumps. Tires also would wear out fast from that type of
driving. Not to mention the brakes! San Franciscans who drive
probably replace their brake pads and rotors every month. With all of
those hills, all of those pedestrians, all of those tourists, all of
those crazy drivers.....every time you hit your brakes that hard it
all starts to add up in wear and tear very quickly. At least it makes
the brake mechanic specialists happy with their pockets full of money.
With many cars if your car rolls backwards while in "Drive" you
instantly tear up your transmission. That will happen more often than
not on those stupid hills. There is no reason why they couldn't have
found a more gradual way to go up the hills. Instead the stupid city
engineers of the 1800s thought it was wise to use the grid layout so
now the city is stuck with it for good. Cars are strugling to climb
those hills in present times, how much more during the 1800s using
horses and carriages? Obviously there were many accidents. Plus it's
not fair to the horse to pull a load up a steep gradient like that.
I don't like visiting San Francisco honestly. I hate how there is
never any parking anywhere. It costs $20 to park your car in public
parking for 1 hour. It's not fair that you can't just park and find
something to do. Plus the crime has got to be a lot worse than San
Antonio. I wonder why San Antonio TX was rated highest crime rate? I
would imagine SF has crime 50 times worse.
Pluse once again San Francisco driving tears up my car. I can feel
the added damage - wear and tear done to it directly afterwards. The
brake light switch on my car was perfectly fine until I had to deal
with 4 hours of SF traffic in both downtown and in the steep
It's pretty - but underneath all of that glitter you find foul raw
sewage backing up into the streets. Seriously, that's what happened
I can't see myself spending more time in that crazy city. Only, I
think next time I'll leave the car at somebodies house in Fremont and
All in all, everyone has got to see SF at least ONCE in their
lifetime. It's worth a look being so unique. It makes you appreciate
what you already have a lot better!